Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery has a ‘pretty good chance’ of playing in Week 3
DeSean Jackson is out, but the Philadelphia Eagles wide receiving corps may not be completely devoid of veteran talent on Sunday. According to Eliot Shorr-Parks of 94 WIP, there is a “pretty good chance” that he’ll play the game, despite being questionable on the injury report.
Jeffery suffered an injury during the first half of Philadelphia’s Week 2 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. He is dealing with a calf strain. He has yet to practice as of sustaining the injury.
Eagles coach Doug Pederson says “I’m still optimistic” that Jeffery will play against the Detroit Lions, according to the team’s official website. He notes that “we’ll see today and then obviously wait until game day.” The wide receiver may be a game-time decision for the Eagles.
If Jeffery is out, rookie J.J. Arcega-Whiteside is the logical choice to step-up in his role. Philly selected him in the second round of the 2019 draft, hoping that his NFL-ready body and penchant for scoring red zone touchdowns will emulate Jeffery’s skillset.
In related news, the Eagles are dealing with a litany of injuries. Their injury report is about as long as CVS receipt, including:
- Running back Corey Clement (shoulder – out)
- Defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan (foot – out)
- Tackle Jordan Mailata (back – out)
- Linebacker Kamu Grieger-Hill (knee – doubtful)
- Tight end Dallas Goedert (calf – questionable)
- Quarterback Nate Sudfeld (ankle – full participation)
- Defensive end Derek Barnett (shoulder – full participation)
- Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (toe – full participation)
- Safety Johnathan Cyprien (knee – limited participation)
- Linebacker Nathan Gerry (knee, calf – full participation)
- Safety Rudy Ford (hamstring – full participation)
With all that talent out, questionable or doubtful, the Eagles are in need of Jeffery’s service when they host Detroit on Sunday.